4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium

Liberating our futures together:

Building the cooperative Ecosystem

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the extreme inequality that exists in our community and world? Our current economic system does not work for the majority of working people. More than half of all jobs pay less than $27,000 per year with little to no benefits, and one in three jobs is less than full time. Income inequality in this country is staggering with the wealthiest 10% owning 70% of the wealth. CUCI has a hopeful, proven solution that can make a difference at the local level.

On November 15th & 16th, people from across the U.S. and Mondragon, Spain will be coming together to Stand Up and Build worker cooperatives - an economic model that directly addresses the poverty and income inequality our current system has created. Over 200 workers, union and community organizers, and business and religious leaders will join one another for a two day conference to learn from one another and the economically thriving Mondragon system (the largest group of worker-owned cooperatives).

The symposium will focus on progress being made to establish integrated networks of worker-owned, unionized businesses. Participants will discuss best practices, union co-op management, financing, education and training, the power of the union co-op model, and ways to build an economy that works for all.

Date: 8:30am-6:30pm, November 15th & 16th
(see location details in sidebar or below)


The 2019 4th Biennial Union Co-op Symposium will feature:

  •  A delegation from Mondragon Spain, the world’s most successful network of cooperatives and CUCI’s inspiration and model;

  • Unveiling the national structure for 1Worker1Vote, the national co-op of co-ops, a huge milestone in the US cooperative movement; and

  • Many renowned speakers.

  • Annual Celebration - The celebration will feature: Tapas buffet, Our Harvest Cooperative’s local and fresh produce, social time with co-op promoters from across the US, music, Split the Pot, inspiration and fun!

We have designed this program not only to inspire, but to build capacity for cooperatives and demonstrate the importance of building a network of cooperatives.

More details and Symposium Agenda to come.


Become a Sponsor

Sponsorships include attendance at the Symposium, tickets to the Annual Celebration, recognition on our website, and an ad in the Symposium program

Email Ellen Vera at ellen@cincinnatiunioncoop.org to become a sponsor!

Sponsorship levels.


Annual Dinner

In addition to sponsoring the Symposium, we are inviting you to our Annual Celebration, which will be the evening of December 2, when we recognize the continued success and journey of CUCI and union cooperatives!

Symposium Location

Christ Church Cathedral
318 East 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202